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Police seek witnesses to roadside assault

By 2 August 2014 15

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault which occurred at the side of the Barton Highway on Wednesday (July 30).

About 7.00am, a woman was travelling south in a Holden Astra on the Barton Highway near Gladstone Street, Hall. She had noticed a dark blue Ford Falcon sedan bearing NSW registration driving dangerously and tailgating her vehicle. The Ford has then collided with the back of her vehicle. After both drivers stopped at the side of the road, two men got out of the Falcon sedan. One of the men opened the driver’s door and struck the woman in the face before removing her keys from the ignition. The offender and his passenger then returned to their vehicle and drove away with her keys.

The driver of the Ford Falcon is described as being a male of Caucasian appearance, aged in his late 40s, with an over-weight build and fair-coloured hair. He was wearing thin-framed glasses and a dark jacket.

The passenger of the Ford Falcon is described as a male of Caucasian appearance, aged in his mid-20s with dark-coloured hair. He was wearing a leather jacket.

Superintendent North District Brett Kidner said the incident was disturbing.

“This is a callous act and it’s not the sort of behaviour the Canberra community tolerates.”

“It’s possible other commuters saw the attack; if you were driving on the Barton Highway on Wednesday morning, and saw the incident involving the dark blue Ford Falcon and a Holden Astra or if you saw men matching this description, please contact police,” Superintendent Kidner said.

Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

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(ACT Policing Media Release)

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15 Responses to Police seek witnesses to roadside assault
#1
gooterz2:08 pm, 02 Aug 14

Reading between the lines it does sound like they both road raging each other. If they were just wanting not to cop punishment for the crash why bother to stop. Taking of the keys sounds like they told her she shouldn’t be driving.

The road is two lanes each way?

#2
justin heywood7:40 pm, 02 Aug 14

gooterz said :

Reading between the lines it does sound like they both road raging each other.

How do you work that out? What would be the odds that;

1. Two people would be ‘road raging’ each other.

2. A woman in an Astra would be doing anything but trying avoid two guys in a Falcon

There might indeed be more to the story but unless you know more about it than is outlined above, I reckon you’re drawing a pretty long bow there.

#3
Masquara9:33 am, 03 Aug 14

justin heywood said :

gooterz said :

Reading between the lines it does sound like they both road raging each other.

How do you work that out? What would be the odds that;

1. Two people would be ‘road raging’ each other.

2. A woman in an Astra would be doing anything but trying avoid two guys in a Falcon

There might indeed be more to the story but unless you know more about it than is outlined above, I reckon you’re drawing a pretty long bow there.

And regardless, terrorising a woman on her own in her car, hitting her, and taking her car keys cannot be justified by earlier altercations on the road.

#4
Affirmative Action M11:13 am, 03 Aug 14

What an absolute grub – I hope they catch him quickly.

#5
Maya12311:25 am, 03 Aug 14

There is no excuse for this animal behaviour. It’s a shame the woman didn’t ‘read’ the men’s behaviour and keep her car door locked. Tailgating & driving dangerous should have indicated this. Plus did she take the registration of the other car? She should have. I have taken it (in case) for less. I have rarely had to take it further, but it’s good to have the registration number.
I hope they catch the animals.

#6
Maya12312:10 pm, 03 Aug 14

I hadn’t read the report properly and just re-read it. As she was punched in the face it is understandable if she didn’t get the registration number.

#7
Ben_Dover12:25 pm, 03 Aug 14

“This is a callous act and it’s not the sort of behaviour the Canberra community tolerates.”

He’s obviously not aware of what passes for “justice” and “sentencing” in this town.

#8
bundah1:37 pm, 03 Aug 14

Ben_Dover said :

“This is a callous act and it’s not the sort of behaviour the Canberra community tolerates.”

He’s obvioulsy not aware of what passes for “justice” and “sentencing” in this town.

Ha yeah they’d be absolutely scared witless of the consequences. But seriously it’s got to the stage where, especially if you’re an easy target, you’ve got to lock yourself in the car because the lowlife are everywhere.

#9
Mattenagger7:18 pm, 03 Aug 14

gooterz said :

Reading between the lines it does sound like they both road raging each other. If they were just wanting not to cop punishment for the crash why bother to stop. Taking of the keys sounds like they told her she shouldn’t be driving.

The road is two lanes each way?

Wow! Your wife current or future sounds like 1 lucky woman.

#10
missknowitall3:40 pm, 05 Aug 14

I assumed she was driving 20km below the speed limit as most Canberra drivers seem to feel the need to do. Fair enough the assault/theft of keys was unnecessary, but it can be extremely frustrating when the car infront of you is driving dangerously slow.

#11
Bombersfan10:38 pm, 06 Aug 14

Mattenagger said :

gooterz said :

Reading between the lines it does sound like they both road raging each other. If they were just wanting not to cop punishment for the crash why bother to stop. Taking of the keys sounds like they told her she shouldn’t be driving.

The road is two lanes each way?

Wow! Your wife current or future sounds like 1 lucky woman.

I think his ex wife is the lucky one.

Violent crime needs far harsher sentences. First of all they need to be caught, but if they are…slap on the wrist is probably all they will get.

#12
tuco5:45 pm, 07 Aug 14

Oh c’mon. These cops commenting on something they know something about. And, it’s an issue of concern to many. I mean really …Where do they get off? What next? Thoughtful comments in the public interest? .*

(* I may or may not be a former MLA).

#13
magiccar96:32 pm, 07 Aug 14

tuco said :

Oh c’mon. These cops commenting on something they know something about. And, it’s an issue of concern to many. I mean really …Where do they get off? What next? Thoughtful comments in the public interest? .*

(* I may or may not be a former MLA).

Thank you tuco, you gave me my chuckle for the day.

#14
bigfeet6:35 pm, 07 Aug 14

Superintendent North District Brett Kidner said the incident was disturbing. This is a callous act and it’s not the sort of behaviour the Canberra community tolerates.

Isn’t there a certain ex-MLA who would have issue with police deciding what behaviour the Canberra community tolerates?

#15
Masquara9:09 pm, 07 Aug 14

bigfeet said :

Superintendent North District Brett Kidner said the incident was disturbing. This is a callous act and it’s not the sort of behaviour the Canberra community tolerates.

Isn’t there a certain ex-MLA who would have issue with police deciding what behaviour the Canberra community tolerates?

And how dare the police communicate publicly, says Our John.

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